Acceleration chess

There are times when you write a blog and you struggle for something to write. Then there are times when you happen to be online when something catches your attention and you thank your lucky stars you were in position to catch one of those stars, because it is so good you do not even consider whether or not you have already posted that day, you just start punching & poking. This is one of those times…
While researching an article, “The Machine: Stage set for Kasparov v Deep Blue chess thriller” on the BBC News page (, I also found the article after doing a search on at ( It was while at Silobreaker I noticed an article entitled ‘Acceleration Chess’ Published 8 mins ago by Marginal Revolution. Naturally, my interest piqued, I had to click on the link. This is what I found:
Acceleration chess
by Tyler Cowen on May 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm in Games | Permalink
White moves first, but then Black gets to move twice. Then White gets to move three times in a row, then Black four times in a row, then White five times in a row, and so on, with continuing escalation as the game proceeds. You cannot move your King through a check or play another move while your King is in check. If, in the middle of your sequence, you give check, you lose any remaining moves in your sequence and your opponent moves and enjoys his full sequence.
Here are a few observations:
1. Games will end rather quickly.
2. 1.d4 appears to be a stronger opening move than 1.e4; can you see why? For one thing, White is threatening to start his next threesome with Bg5, for another his King has some breathing space against some possible checks on f2. (If Black plays d5 and Nf6 in turn, consider the counter of e4, e5, and Bb5+. With the next “fivesome” of White he is threatening to advance pawns to e6 and g6 and take on f7. Qd3 and then Qf5 is another possible threat sequence.)
3. It is often good to give check on the last move of your sequence, if only to tie the hands of your opponent for one move.
4. Sometimes a more exposed King gives you a stronger position, because then the approach toward your King creates a check and ends the sequence of your opponent.
“Acceleration chess” is my phrase, though I suspect someone else has given this game a different name. And for the dedicated foursome there is “accelerated Bughouse.”
I thank several individuals at Jane St. Capital for relevant observations on this game plus a bit of play.
Seven minutes after Tyler posted this was this comment was left. As of now it is the only comment, and the odds are it will be the only one made.
MarkMay 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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